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'Castle: The Complete First Season'
(Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jon Huertas, et al / 3-Disc DVD / PG / 2009 / ABC)

Overview: They are partners, whether she likes it or not. Castle: The Complete First Season is the romantic, clever dramedy that is reminiscent of Moonlighting with romantic tension between Castle, a crime novelist and Detective Beckett as they work in a unique way to solve crimes and mysteries.

DVD Verdict: Watching 'Castle' reminds me of watching Moonlighting - only it's a lot better. When I first heard Nathan Fillion was going to be in a weekly drama my first thought was...please don't cancel it or put it in in the middle of the night. Thankfully neither happened! YAY! When I actually read the synopsis for the TV show I was thrilled to see that he was a writer. Be still my heart!

This show is wonderful. It's not gritty crime drama like the Law and Order shows, but the writing is great, the acting is wonderful, and the chemistry between Nathan and Stana Katic is amazing. I love how they pick at one another and how Kate is amazed that Castle can actually piece things together and get them right.

The other aspect of the show that I really enjoy is the family dynamic. You've got single parent Richard Castle, his live in mother Martha (played by Susan Sullivan) and his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn); Mom is quirky and likes to drink, and Alexis shows her rebellion by actually being a good kid. (Seriously, in the pilot she was doing homework at a party...and she goes to bed early on a school night!)

Myself, I love watching Richard interact with his family. The bond between father and daughter is very obvious, and in a way Alexis reminds me of Nancy Drew - she's not out solving mysteries, but the back and forth she does with Castle at times sure makes it seem that she may grow up to be a detective some day.

If you are tired of shows like CSI, Cold Case or Law & Order but are still interesting in watching a show with interesting crimes and even more interesting solutions then Castle is for you. If you enjoy your drama with a large slice of realistic and comedic banter, then Castle is for you. If you want smart television with good writing that doesn't have the word "Reality" in it, then Castle is the show for you. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes
Whodunit: The Genesis of Castle –The show’s creators talk about the genesis of Castle, including insights into how the great fictional detectives and mystery writers of the past have influenced the show.
Castle’s Godfather
Exclusive Commentaries – Along with Nathan Fillion

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